By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper Messenger

The entry deadline has passed and campaigns are officially underway for Mississippi’s state and county level government elected positions.

The primary election will be held Tuesday, August 6, with runoffs set for August 27. The General Election will be Tuesday, November 5.

Until then, candidates will be out putting up their signs, shaking hands and kissing babies as they solicit votes for their political causes.

In Kemper County, there will be contested races for sheriff, all of the supervisors’ positions, the Circuit Clerk, both Constable’s posts and for coroner.

The candidates in contested races are as follows:

- Sheriff: Incumbent James Moore (Democrat) is being challenged by Scooba Police Chief Steven Jackson who is running as an independent.

- Circuit Clerk: Incumbent Tracey McCoy Murray (Democrat) is being challenged by independent Shirley Steele Jackson.

- Supervisor District 1: Incumbent James (Pat) Granger (Democrat) is being challenged by Roy Anthony Boyd (Democrat) and independent Chris Collins.

- Supervisor District 2: Incumbent Johnny B. Whitsett (Democrat) is being challenged by Willie C. Ellerby (Democrat) and independent Rusty Calbert.

- Supervisor District 3: Incumbent Justin Creer (Democrat) is being challenged by independent Scott Johnson.

Supervisor District 4: Incumbent Mike Luke (Democrat) is being challenged by independent Marcell Chamberlin.

Supervisor District 5: Incumbent Christopher (Chris) Cole (Democrat) is being challenged by Helen Shan Roberts (Democrat), Chandler “Bernard” Rush (Democrat) and independent Christy Harbour Hamilton.

Constable Post 1: Incumbent Ray C. Williams (Democrat) is being challenged by independent Johnny Griffin.

Constable Post 2: Incumbent Randy Thornton (Democrat) is being challenged by Michael Oliver (Democrat), Jurlean Brown (Democrat) and independent Samuel Tisdale Jr.

Coroner: Incumbent Terry Bostick (Democrat) is being challenged by Peggy Jones Henderson (Democrat).

Incumbents Chancery Clerk Sherline Dee Dansby Watkins (Democrat), Tax Assessor/collector Joycelyn T. Robertson (Democrat), and Justice Court Judges Post 1 Mary Purvis Gully and Post 2 Linda Sciple Wright will all run unopposed and will go back into office for another four years in January 2020.